Transportation for America Meets with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

After releasing their latest report, Dangerous by Design, last week, Transportation for America (of which RenewLV is a coalition partner) has been gearing up to meet with the US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. Representatives from T4A had their meeting yesterday. The following is a report back, posted on the coaltion’s blog:

During the meeting yesterday, we delivered a petition with thousands of signatures urging him to make pedestrian safety and complete streets a USDOT priority.He responded with resounding support, telling T4 America, “the right of way doesn’t just belong to cars — it belongs to pedestrians and bicyclists as well.”

He added, “the DOT Safety Council is going to look at this report and work with advocacy groups to ensure our streets are as safe as possible.”

He stressed that safety is the top consideration for everything they do at USDOT and urged T4 America to take the report directly to Congress as they continue discussions on the full six-year transportation bill.

What are your thoughts on this report? What is the best way to have Congressional leaders take notice of this report? Post your comments below.

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on November 17, 2009, in Health, Public Infrastructure, Transportation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. If advocates could raise $90,000, a paltry sum compared to what I’ve seen some online campaigns raise, that would buy a $200 bike for every member of Congress, to be delivered along with a copy of the report. The message would be that Congress needs to get out from behind the windshield, and get some perspective. The generous gift to Congress would likely get some good earned media coverage, and would in turn draw attention to the report. I know that Rep. Earl Blumenauer did a video for Streetsblog where he rode around New York City. Perhaps he could be convinced to film another video taking some other members of Congress for a ride around DC on their new bikes, pointing out examples of good bike and pedestrian infrastructure and examples of dangerous or otherwise unfriendly street design.

  2. DC recently had a “tweed ride” where people got all dressed up in victorian-like garb and rode bicycles around the city. Michelle Obama even came out to greet them! I think sending bikes along would be a very loud message – how interesting it would be if donors were allowed to have a say in who got what kind of bike. Maybe I just want to see Arlen Specter on a pink beach cruiser.

    This is the npr story:

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